A 12-day-old baby boy who was mauled to death by a dog was pictured in his mum's arms just days before his tragic death.

Baby Elon was rushed to hospital on Sunday but later died of his injuries in hospital after the horror attack.

Just 11 days before the tragic death, mum Abigail Ellis had posted a touching photo on Facebook of her with the tiny baby, followed by another on September 2.

New dad Stephen Joynes also uploaded photos of Elon – saying he "couldn't be more chuffed" with their new arrival.

Little baby Elon died after the horror attack

Ellis commented on one picture: "Our gorgeous baby boy. Love him too bits".

One of Ellis' pals has also told of how Elon's death is the second tragedy to hit the family in just 18 months after Joel - the father of Ellis' three other children - died last year from sepsis.

The friend, who didn't want to be named, told The Sun: "Her partner Joel died 18 months ago. They were planning a wedding but it never happened.

Mum Abigail Ellis has been released on bail

"She’s never had it easy but she met Stephen and fell pregnant and saw this as a fresh start.

"She felt guilty about getting into a new relationship because she and Joel had been childhood sweethearts.

"But baby Elon was her ray of hope amid the tragedy."

Stephen Joynes and Abigail Ellis were both arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter

Emergency crews rushed to the home on Sunday September 13 after the animal attacked.

The dog is understood to be one of three living at the family home but was kept outside in a kennel.

Horrified neighbours claimed the dog was strong enough to drag three police officers into the street as they desperately tried to remove it from the home.

Witness Sally Hooley said: “I drove by as the police were removing the dog.

Stephen Joynes said he "couldn't be more chuffed" with the new arrival

“It was a big fluffy golden thing. It didn’t look like a dangerous breed.

“But police were struggling to get it into the dog van.

"It was strong enough to be dragging three officers into the road.”

The baby was attacked in the Woodlands area of Doncaster on Sunday afternoon.

A 27-year-old woman and 35-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter but have since been released on bail.

The house stood empty with its curtains drawn while a police liaison officer at a neighbouring property advised the family were too upset to speak.

One of the dogs owned by the family. It is not known if this is the animal which attacked baby Elon

Neighbours were shocked by the baby's death.

One claimed it was a double tragedy for the mum of the child after she lost her long-term partner and the father to her three other children to sepsis around 18 months ago.

The neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "It is heartbreaking, it's just shocking. It's a tragedy upon a tragedy.

"They just looked like such a lovely family, they were always together and always happy."

Local residents said they did not know what breed the dog was, but said it was "big and furry".

They said the older children – two boys and the youngest, a girl – were "lovely and polite" and "well cared for".

Locals have now expressed their heartache at the tragedy as they spoke out her ex partner's death.

One burst into tears as she said: "She was a brilliant mum but her whole life fell apart when he died.

"She lost everything."

While another said: "It is heartbreaking, it's a tragedy upon a tragedy."

Devastated Debbie Kitchen, who knows the family, said: "This was a tragic accident.

"RIP little man fly high with the angels."

It is not known if the dog - believed to be a crossbreed - has been destroyed.

Friend Louise Scott wrote on Facebook: "Absolutely devastating news.

"Two parents have just lost a child and three other children a brother in such terrible circumstances.

"Sleep tight little man."

A South Yorkshire Police statement said: "Officers were called to an address around 3.30pm following reports that a dog had attacked a child.

"On arrival at the property, emergency services discovered a 12-day-old baby boy had been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injuries."

"The child was taken to hospital, but sadly died a short time later."

Both the suspects have been released on bail pending further enquiries.